The gang is back with a few new goodies and baddies this season, and from the looks of it, Season 5 picks up where Season 4 left viewers . Some may have applauded the unfortunately insufferable Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) getting blown away at the hands of she-wolf (and undeserving Alcide humper) Debbie, but alas her shriveled shell of a self last season was revived in a new form at the hands of a begrudging Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and a pleading Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). It’s more or less a fact that once turned, vampires are far more bad ass than their human form, so hopefully Episode 2 will reveal Tara 2.0 after the ep’ closed with Sookie becoming Tara’s post-nap snack.

Speaking of Debbie, after Sookie does impressive work disposing of the body, Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) comes sniffing around offering help yet again (doesn’t this guy have a job?) only to nearly get a confession out of sweet Sook’. Of more pressing pack concern, however is missing pack leader, Marcus and the werewolves are piiiiissed that he’s missing. After torturing Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) for answers, he confesses to save Alcide and brings the pack to Marcus’ shallow grave where they, including his mother, consume the body. Alcide takes time out of his Sookie saving to show up and confess, and the pack is left divided yet full and content.

Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) land themselves in trouble with The Authority following the gory death of Nan in last season’s finale. But after escaping in spectacular style from the trunk of a car, they discover that Eric’s “sister” Nora (Lucy Griffiths) was there to save them with some sort of Vampire Relocation Program. After some gratuitous sex between Eric and Nora, the trio is seemingly free to sail off to their new lives, only to be caught by The Authority and brought to Christopher Meloni’s Roman for judgement and what appears to be imprisonment/fundamentalist vampire brainwashing. Fun!

In one of the funnier scenes, Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) of Season 3 Fellowship of the Sun storyline shows up at Jason’s (naked of course) door freshly turned and hungry for blood… and love. Coming out is hard to do, but a vampire AND gay? Awesome. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) continue their adolescent love tug of war while Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) mopes around the scorned man, but no big loss there. He was kind of a snooze. Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) continues to struggle with his past thanks to Scott Foley’s Jason, but without the Demon Baby, his story line with Arlene (Carrie Preston) fell flat.

Oh, and Russell is baaaaaack.

Tune in next week for Episode 2!